Breath Easy is a weekly exercise session for people suffering from COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).
I went along to the Parochial Hall in Middleton and spoke to three regulars: Kathleen, Val and Tony.
“We come to improve our breathing techniques” explains Tony. “When you’ve got COPD what you tend to do when you’re out of breath is not do anything, but that’s the worst thing you can do. So a bit of exercise tends to improve your breathing.”
As well as the gentle exercise led by Julie Gill, once a month someone comes from the British Lung Foundation to talk to the group about health issues.
“Because we’re all in a similar position we don’t tend to take the mickey out of each other and Julie is fantastic at encouraging you keep going, there’s no pressure. We all get along with each other and encourage each other” says Val.
“I’ve only been coming a few weeks” Kathleen tells me. “I went to the nurse for my breathing test and she gave me a leaflet. I live on my own and I do get fed up. I do see my grandchildren so I need to get fit for them. Everyone was very welcoming when I came.”
The group meets every Friday at 11:30am. For more information ring Julie Gill on (0113) 270 4947.